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U.S. Army Advancing Prosthetic Limbs with Alion

The Vietnam War saw the addition to the U.S. military’s medical treatment program of the MEDEVAC helicopter. This speedily transported wounded troops from the battlefield to a hospital. Since 9/11 and the engagement of the U.S. troops there has been significant investment in preventing and treating combat wounds. These include advances in battle armor, bandages, head injury diagnosis and treatment.

One area that has also seen improvements is the development of new prosthetic limbs. The IED and mine threat has caused several hundreds of wounds requiring amputation of limbs. The U.S. government has put a great deal of money into advancing the science and medical technology of this treatment.

To further this the U.S. Army awarded Alion Science and Technology a contract worth a little over $1 million to build a modeling and simulation tool for research into using robotic control technology with prosthetic limbs. The goal is to help design limbs that are lighter and more lifelike at lower cost. The new limbs also utilize electric power so another goal is to improve battery life.

Contracts like these further the U.S. commitment to provide the best medical care that they can to their wounded veterans.

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